Entries Categorized as 'questions that plague me'

Symptoms of Recovery

November 21, 2011

Trusting our creativity is new behavior for many of us. It may feel quite threatening initially, not only to us but also to our intimates. We may feel–and look–erratic. This erraticism is a normal part of getting unstuck, pulling free from the muck that has blocked us. It is important to remember that at first […]


September 7, 2010

I’ve posted before about how I’m always writing lists. Lists of things to do (tomorrow, later, next week), lists of things to buy (glue, glitter, gum), lists of events coming up (B-day party Saturday, Mike and Jake’s going away party). I write probably three lists a day, minimum. That’s why my blog is covered in […]

Men of a Certain Age

January 7, 2010

Just a quickie: Last night at VSC 6 artists/painters/visual artists showed slides  and spoke briefly of their work. All of them were impressive and interesting and thought-provoking. I loved hearing about process and goals and intents, and seeing the varied forms of art– whether paint, wood, computer-generated, poured, poked. One really moved me: Matt McConville […]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

December 10, 2009

Ted’s been away over a week and i’m going stir crazy! Thankfully he is coming home tonight. It was only a week, I know, but when it’s just me and the kitties it gets a little weird. I wonder what he’s going to do when i’m in Vermont for a month doing my writer’s residency? […]

The Germ of an Idea

November 24, 2009

The next book on my queue is Sunnyside by Glen David Gold. I’m going to read it while I’m at my residency in Vermont for the month of January. It’s sitting on my nightstand now and I’m just itching to get to it! “[The] author of the best seller Carter Beats the Devil, now gives […]

Aren’t You Glad You Know This?

May 28, 2009

This just in from my Merriam-Webster Daily (emailed) Dictionary: Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day May 28 eclogue \ECK-log\ noun Meaning : a poem in which shepherds converse Example Sentence “Be it in the appropriation of the goatherd or shepherd in the pastoral eclogue, or the neatly controlled terraces of the Georgics, the pastoral has always […]

What is Multi-Textual? And does it work?

March 7, 2009

I’m trying to get caught up on my New Yorkers. Did you read the profile of Ian McEwan from the Feb. 23 issue (which, by the way, had that hilarous and grotesque cover with A Rod)? Daniel Zalewski’s profile of the Atonement author (read it here) is so compelling, so readable, and SO long. I […]


November 12, 2008

Every book takes you to the terror, that terrible place of possible failure.—Sandra Cisneros I’ve been struggling with my book lately– the terror of failure, maybe. But also just the worry that it’s more than I can handle (the book is based on true events; i’m recreating actual incidents). I look to books like The […]

Heavens to Betsy

September 21, 2008

I’m obsessed with that NPR show “A Way With Words“– hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. It’s a radio show where they try to figure out strange words, slang, old adages, out-dated phrases and pretty much any words that stump people. They try to find out and explain the history of such words. I […]

Selma Diamond

June 11, 2008

 I haven’t been posting lately, sorry. I just finished my teaching semester last week and this week I started teaching summer school, so I had about, umm, three days off in between. They call that a weekend. On top of that i’ve got a cold, that feels to me like bronchitis, and I even lost […]